The "Better Block" project is a demonstration tool that rebuilds an area using grassroots efforts to show the potential to create a great walkable, vibrant neighborhood center. The project acts as a living charrette so that communities can actively engage in the "complete streets" buildout process and develop pop-up businesses to show the potential for revitalized economic activity in an area. Better Blocks are now being performed around the world, and have helped cities rapidly implement infrastructure and policy changes.
Sandor's shopping center at Michigan Road and 69th Street was visited by the Better Block project on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Community leaders and members came together to create a fun, family oriented event to try to bring more people into the area. They created a mock street in the center, a bocce ball court, small bowling alley and several pop-up businesses. Some of the pop-up businesses included some small eateries, booths selling locally made jewelry and goods. They even had a well-known local brewery come out and set up a tent, along with the Humane Society showcasing some animals up for adoption.
The event was a huge success and we hope to have more events like this at our other centers across the country. To see more photos of this event and others like it please visit https://www.facebook.com/BetterBlockMichiganRoad